Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry, England in August of 1922. He was the only son born to parents Sydney and Eva Larkin. Read more of Philip Larkin’s Biography.

Some of Larkin’s most famous poems include This Be The Verse, Church Going, Aubade, MCMXIV, and The Mower.

This Be The Verse

‘This Be The Verse’ by Philip Larkin is a powerful poem. It’s about the intense relationships between children and their parents.

Toads

‘Toads’ by Philip Larkin explores the confines of everyday life. Throughout, he uses a frog as a way to depict duel pressures in his life.

Triple Time

‘Triple Time’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about neglect. It explores lost opportunities and how easily one’s life can slip away.

Wants

‘Wants’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about solitude. The speaker defines it as something necessary to humanity’s existence.

Wedding Wind

‘Wedding Wind’ by Philip Larkin describes the power of love shared between the speaker and her new husband on the day of, and after, their wedding.

Wild Oats

‘Wild Oats’ by Philip Larkin depicts the difficulties in a specific relationship he had with two women.

Wires

‘Wires’ by Philip Larkin is a beautiful poem that uses cows as a metaphor. It explores learned boundaries and nature.

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